Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 37 deaths from Covid-19 and 969 positive tests in past 24 hours

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By Gary Flockhart
Friday, 27th November 2020, 6:40 am
Updated Friday, 27th November 2020, 1:56 pm

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday

Last updated: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00

  • 37 further deaths reported in past 24 hours in Scotland
  • 969 new cases registered
  • Amazon to gift $500 million in bonuses to frontline staff
  • Baltic states added to Scotland’s coronavirus quarantine list
  • Mental health services need share of Covid funding

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A total of 37 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours as Scotland sees a rise of 969 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

Restrictions on the hospitality sector in Wales will come into force next Friday to give the industry time to prepare, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

Christmas school holidays extension yet to be decided, says Health Secretary

No decision has yet been reached on extending school holidays at Christmas, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said.

The Daily Record has reported a leaked document detailing proposals from the Scottish Government to extend the break further into January.

The memo said a plan to extend Christmas holidays from December 18 to January 11 was discussed at the Scottish Government’s Education Recovery Group meeting on Thursday.

Responding to this at the Scottish Government’s briefing on Friday, Ms Freeman said the Scottish Government “wants to give people as much notice as possible if there is to be any change at all but at this point that decision hasn’t been reached”.

She said a view based on the advice of the recovery group will be reached “as soon as we can”.

“It would be wrong to overly speculate or jump to conclusions simply because we are looking at different issues,” she said.

Scots business confidence falls, but vaccine news brings positivity

Confidence in Scotland’s businesses fell by 10 points in November – but saw a dramatic rise amid coronavirus vaccine announcements, according to a new survey.

The Business Barometer from Bank of Scotland Commercial Banking found optimism sat at -38% for Scots firms.

However, the report tracked a dramatic increase across the whole UK in business confidence after the announcement that the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine has 90% efficacy against Covid-19.

Fraser Sime, regional director for Scotland at Bank of Scotland Commercial Banking, said: “Confidence has faltered on the backdrop of a tightening of restrictions across large parts of Scotland.

“However, the roll-out of vaccines looks increasingly likely to happen in the coming months, and December’s barometer will provide an indication as to how the ongoing development of the Covid-19 exit strategy is affecting companies’ confidence.

“We’ll continue to be by the side of Scottish businesses as we work together to emerge successfully from the pandemic.”

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